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Essay on the valorisation of heritage and cultural identity in waterfronts redevelopment processes


The post-industrial movement of revitalizing waterfronts has been guided by a multitude of interventions at a global scale, characterized by their varying natures, scopes and objectives. A feature common to many of these interventions relates to the appropriative valorisation of heritage and cultural identity stemming from past uses as a resource for new activities, elements of differentiation and vectors of territorial identity. Based on the analysis of various projects, this article presents and discusses the following proposal of systematizing the way in which heritage and identity are appropriated and valued in these interventions: functional conservation and redevelopment of built heritage; conservation and safeguarding of cultural heritage; valorisation of heritage as an important symbolic element; promotion of heritage as a basis for new cultural industries; enhancement of cultural events; valorisation of heritage as a resource for tourism and leisure.




Waterfronts; Cultural heritage; Territorial identity; Post-industrial era; Redevelopment.




PhD Student, Researcher, e-GEO Geography and Regional Planning Research Center and Institute for the Dynamics of Space, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Nova University of Lisbon.



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